uneven

adjective
un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a
2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce unevenness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for uneven

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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The results are a dewy look that doesn't look the least bit chalky or uneven. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Genius Hack Lets You Reapply Sunscreen Over Your Foundation Without Messing It Up," 8 Mar. 2019 Veneers can fix a number of dental issues including chipping, staining, old restorations and fillings, an uneven or narrow smile, spacing problems, crowding, a poor bite and even internal staining from antibiotics or fluorosis. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 The heavy carbon-steel structure feels bulletproof, and legs that fold out for extra stability (and fold in for easier storage) keep you balanced and solid, even on uneven floors (with the help of screw-adjustable feet). James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Kickr Smart Bike Trainer," 29 Jan. 2019 Bethesda's latest video game, Fallout 76, launched last month with its share of uneven reviews and responses (including our own), and chief among players' complaints is that the always-online game is quite buggy. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Then, after a near-flawless uneven bars routine, Simone fell again on a difficult skill on the balance beam. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Wins Record Fourth World All-Around Title," 1 Nov. 2018 Both are having uneven seasons at Double-A Jacksonville. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins' young pitchers impress early, hitting prospects not ready for prime time," 1 July 2018 Now 17 games into the 2017-18 season, the Crimson Tide face quite a stretch after an uneven non-conference season. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Where Alabama's NCAA tournament application stands," 15 Jan. 2018 While the United States has seen substantive growth in homes using photovoltaic (PV) solar energy over the last several years, this growth has been uneven. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Solar Revolution Is Coming—But Not to Everyone," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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uneven

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth
: not straight or parallel
: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times

uneven

adjective
un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.
unevenness noun

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